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Meet Nancy Stewart

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

NancyREVNancy Stewart is a physical therapist who retired in 2013.  She specialized in working with people who had been diagnosed with cancer. In 2008 she too was diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair from her treatment. In the Fall of 2013 Nancy noticed the basket of knitted hats at the nurse’s station in the infusion center at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. At the time Nancy had left over yarn from a sweater that she had just finished knitting and was wondering what she could make with it. When she saw the hats she decided to start knitting hats for patients who were experiencing hair loss from their treatments.

Since then Nancy has been donating about a dozen hand knitted hats in a variety of beautiful yarns and hat patterns every 6 weeks.  She takes them to the infusion center each time that she has an appointment in the infusion center. The nurses have told her that within minutes of the hats arriving, grateful patients begin to adopt the hats.  Nancy has received donations of many different kinds of yarn for her project from Plymouth Yarns, knitting stores and friends.  The warm hats that she knitted for the winter were more than appreciated.  She is now beginning to transition to knitting lighter weight hats for the Spring and then the Summer.

Below you will see samples of the hats she has made with Plymouth Patterns and Plymouth yarns.  Great Job, Nancy!

MN Shop Hop Results and Free Pattern

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Were you one of the lucky ones to visit the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop  shops earlier this month?  Well the numbers are in and 1150 people started the hop over the four day event! 403 of these fine folks visited every participating shop.  Each one saw and average of 680 customers come through their doors. The best part is however, over 3100 pounds of food was donated and $22, 000 was raised for area food shelves. Plymouth Yarn was happy to donate towards giveaways and door prizes for the 8th annual event.  Thank you so much for shopping this wonderful shop hop.  Once again, if you talk to my boss, tell him I need to be there next year.

Participating shops included:

3 Kittens Needlearts, All About Yarn, Amazing Threads, A Sheepy Yarn Shop, Lakeside Yarn, Darn Knit Anyway, Lila and Claudine’s, Needlework Unlimited, Skeins, The Yarn Garage,  and Unwind.

I found this awesome crochet pattern when peeking into our designer’s office.  I’m making mine in white Goldrush for my newly remodeled beach theme bedroom.  I already bought my jars and battery operated candles! Enjoy the pattern and be sure to share your finished products with us on facebook, twitter and ravelry! We love to see projects!

Pattern -
F540 Gold Rush Candle Jar Covers PDF DownloadF540
MATERIALS
1 cone of Plymouth Gold Rush
Crochet hook 3.25 mm
GAUGE
Jar # 1 (shown on right): 6 DC = one inch. Check when you have done a few rounds of the tree pattern that it fits properly around the jar.
Jar # 2 (shown on left): 1 shell and 1 DC = one inch. Check when you have worked a few row of the shell pattern that it will fit properly around the jar.

BEGIN– BASE FOR BOTH JARS:
Ch 2. Work 6 SC into the first chain stitch. Sl st into the first SC st that you made.
Ch 1. Do not turn but work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and then continue working 2 SC into the next 5 SC. Sl st into the first SC. (12 SC.)
Ch 1 (It may be helpful to put a pin into this ch after each round so that you know where each round beg. Skip over this ch when joining rounds.) *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into the next SC. Rep from * 5 times. Skip over the ch 1 and sl st into the first SC of the round. (18 SC)
Ch 1, Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 2 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (24 SC)
Ch 1, *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 3 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (30 SC)
Cont in this manner working an extra SC between each inc (2 SC in the same st). When you have 8 SC between the inc, the bottom of the jar will be finished. (60 SC), This completes the base.
Jar #1 (shown on the right)
The rest of the jar cover will be worked in blocks and spaces.
Space: DC, ch 2, skip 2 sts.
Block: 3 DC.
Round 1: Ch 5. skip 2 SC (this counts as a DC and 2 ch, forming your first space.), 1 space, *1 block, 4 spaces , rep from * 2 times, 1 block, 2 spaces, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Round 2: Rep Round 1.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as a DC), DC in each DC and 2 DC in each space, (20 blocks) sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 4 and 5: Rep Round 3. When you finish the round, sl st into the top of the ch 3 in the previous round.
Round 6: Ch 5, *3 blocks, 2 spaces, rep from *2 times, 3 blocks, 1 space, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 7 and 8: Rep Round 6.
Round 9 and 10: Rep Round 1.
Round 11: Work 20 spaces around. Fasten off.
Jar #2: (shown on the left)
Beg shell pattern as follows:
First round: Ch 3 (counts as a DC) *skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, 1 DC in the next SC. Rep from * 8 times. Skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, sl st into the top of the ch 3 that beg the round.
All other rounds: Ch 3, 5 DC in the top of the shell in the previous round, 1 DC in the 1 DC in the previous round. End each round by working a sl st into the top of the beg chain of the previous round. When shell pattern measures 3.5” (about 10 or11 rounds), fasten off.

(IMPORTANT: not recommended for open flame. Plymouth Yarn has not tested for flammability.)
©2014 Designed by Sue Hilger for Plymouth Yarn Company. 022014cab

Creative Knitting Summer 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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The Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting is chocked full of beautiful knits, six of which are made using your favorite Plymouth Yarns. This issue is on newsstands April 8th but the digital issue is available now! Click here for details.

Won’t the kiddos look adorable in these? Little Sailor Boy and Girl are made using Cleo.

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The Cirrus in Kid Seta….

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The Dayflower scarf made with Sakki
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Nantucket Vest In Jeannee
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Periwinkle in Happy Feet
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Be sure to get your copy before they are sold out! Find a yarn shop in your area here!

Neon NOW!!!!!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

From the Desk of Cia Abbott Bullemer

Spring is Springing!

And after our trip across the country to participate in the Spring Show of The National Needle Arts event, we here at Plymouth Yarn are PUMPED! We had a tremendous response for our neon colors in Encore Worsted and our new sock yarn called Neon Now!

After returning from Italy in July on a Yarn Sourcing trip, we witnessed the same about trends. Neon is still wildly out there!  It is hot, it is now, and it is available!

Here are a few examples of neon for color combos.  I love the one below with the black and grey-see how it makes the orange pop but yet not read completely neon? LOVE THAT!

And then putting orange and fuchsia together? Who’d have thought that worked. But it does! Tell us what you do with neon!

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Neon on the runwayThis spring, is all about neon



2013 Count Down of Best Selling Patterns

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Reflection is a common pass-time around this time of year.  Looking back on 2013, we have run a report on what sold the best this year.  Here you have it! In the reflection of the year 2013, we selected the top 13 best sellers.

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#12 2526   Linen Concerto    

#11 2555 EncoreColorspunandWorsted Encore Worsted and Encore Worsted Colorspun

#10 2496 Colorando

# 9 2436 Encore Colorspun

#8 NO26PLYMOPATSN026.zoom.1 Baby Alpaca Grande

#7 2466 Cleo

#6 2514Gina

#5 2437 Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-dyed

#4 2515 Gina

#3 1530EncoreWorsted Encore Worsted

#2 1873EncoreChunkyEncore Chunky

#1 2516Gina Gina

 

 

Just Announced-Pantone Color of 2014

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

From the Design Director’s Desk- Cia Abbott Bullemer

This is the color chosen via Pantone the Color Experts. They predict what the colors will be-or do they set the trend-? What follows what? The chicken or the egg…

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Here at Plymouth, we have several different yarns that fill this color range already.  Consider using one of these  for your next cowl, cardigan or baby girl’s cuddly blanket that she will drag around for years to come.  It is just a color that radiates warm sunshine, peace and tranquil emotion.

Baby Alpaca Grande color 834 Baby Alpaca Worsted color 8620, Cleo color 139, DeAire color 7713, Dynamo color # 3, Encore color 958 or color 458, Eros color 7107, Galway 132 or 177, Gina color 1 or color 8, Heaven color 55, Jeannee Worsted color 25, Johanne color 10, Kudo color # 54, Oh My color 9624, Pasea color 1014, Toria color 56, Whitney color 2001, Worsted Merino Superwash color 64 and Sahara color 1312.

Is that enough to choose from?

 

Small Business Saturday Special Offer

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from The Plymouth Yarn Company! We are sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping! Visit one of these shops on November 30th and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off their next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 30th.  Get to your yarn shop early for best selection. Contact the shop for hours. This offer is available in store and only at the shops listed below.  See shop for further details.

Yarns Downtown, Trussville, AL
Unraveled Yarn and Gifts, Florence, AL

Phoenix Knits, Phoenix, AZ

Babetta’s Yarn and Gifts, Fair Oaks, CA
Lofty Lou’s, Placerville, CA
Yarn del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA
Needle in a Haystack, Montrose, CA
A Major Knit Work, Van Nuys, CA
Heartstrings Yarn Studio, Chico, CA
The Wool Lady, Temecula, CA
Raincross Fiber Arts, Riverside, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Navarro River Knits, Fort Bragg, CA

Fiberspace, Sterling, CO
The Recycled Lamb, Golden, CO
The Stitchin’ Den, Greely, CO
Serendipity Yarn and Gifts, Buena Vista, CO
YarnWest, Evergreen, CO

Yarn Barn, LLC, Woodbridge, CT
Creative Fibers, LLC, Windsor, CT
Creative Fibers, Windsor, CT
The Yarn Basket, Branford, CT
Knits & Pearls, Avon CT

The Knitting Loft, Washington DC

Stitches with Style, Newark, DE

Knit’n Knibble, Tampa, FL
Needlecraft World, Kissimme, FL
The Knitty Gritty, Vero Beach, FL
Elegant Stitches, LLC, Miami, FL
A Stitch in Time, Jacksonville, FL
A Stitcher’s Haven, Plantation, FL

Needle Nook, Atlanta, GA
The Yarn House, Watkinsville, GA
Rare Purls, Duluth, GA

Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IA

The Yarn Connection, Idaho Falls, ID

Blue Beaker, Ottawa, IL
Woolly Lamb Yarn Shop, Chicago, IL
Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IL
Knitting Etc, Orland Park, IL
Gene Ann’s Yarn, Barrington, IL

River Knits, Lafayette, IN

Special Things Yarn Shop, Utica, KY

Tealou & Josephine, Hammond, LA

The Good Good Sheep, Princeton, MA
Yarn’s End, Hanover, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Metaphor Yarns, Shelburne, MA
Marji’s Yarncrafts, Braintree, MA

The Yarn Spot, LLC, Wheaton, MD
Vulcan Rest Fibers, Chesapeake City, MD

Crazy Moose Fabrics, Greenville, ME
The Yarn Sellar, York, ME

Basketful of Yarn, Clarkston, MI
Yarns to Go, Alpena, MI
My Craft Room, Troy, MI
Artisan Knitworks, Farmington, MI
Knotted Needle, Grosse Point Woods, MI
Nautical Yarn, Ludington, MI
Ivelise’s Yarn Shop, St Joseph, MI

Amazing Threads, Maple Grove, MN
The Yarn Garage, Rosemount, MN
Yarn Harbor, Duluth, MN
3 Kittens Needlearts, Mendota Heights, MN

Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, Louisiana, MO

The Yarn Basket, Petal MS

Wild Purls, Billing, MT

Yarn Charm, Lincoln, NE

Yarn and Fiber Company, Derry, NH
Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, Portsmouth, NH

Woolbearers, Mt Holly, NJ
The Stitching Bee, Chatham, NJ
Yarn Crafters, Freehold, NJ
Fiber Arts Studio, Cape May, NJ

Knit One Needlepoint Too, Monticello, NY
Plattsburgh Yarn & Gifts, Plattsburgh, NY
Carol’s Crafts, Rome, NY
The Yarn Connection, Campbell Hall, NY

The Yarn Shop, Columbus, OH
Knots – Knitting on the Square, Chardon, OH
Busy Beaver Arts n’ Crafts, Beavercreek, OH
Silk Road Textiles, Cincinnati, OH
Main Street Yarns, Mason, OH
Sally’s Shop, Wadsworth, OH

SweetieWray’s Yarn Shop, Watonga, OK

Nancy Williamson Framing and Fibers, Clatskanie, OR
Middleford Yarn, Medford, OR

Stash, Ardmore, PA
The Lamb’s Wool, Lansdale, PA
Yarns By Design, Oakmont, PA
The Knitter’s Edge, Bethlehem, PA

Knit-N-Purl, Myrtle Beach, SC

Rainbow Yarn & Fibres, Germantown, TN
Mountain Hollow Farm, Tazewell, TN
Loopville, Knoxville, TN

Nancy’s Knits, Houston, TX

Kamille’s, Where Friends Wind Up, West Jordan, UT
Hemstitched Heirloom, Bountiful, UT
Heindselman’s, Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Peaceful Heart Alpacas, Fancy Gap, VA
Baa Baa Sheep, LLC, Norfolk, VA
Never Enough Yarn, Winchester, VA
Wool Becomes Ewe, Monterey, VA

Allyn Knit Shop, Allyn WA

Magpie’s Cottage, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Prairie Stitcher, Douglas, WY

Aberdeen’s Wool Company, Ontario, Canada

Hey Yarn Shops! Small Business Saturday Happenings

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! Beat the huge crowds, long lines and support your community on November 30th!  There are so many benefits to shopping small.

  • Money you spend in your community usually gets put back into your community.   Shop owners are more likely to use that money to purchase from other businesses in the community.
  • Small businesses are 250% more likely to donate to local charities than large or big box businesses. That’s just good for everyone!
  • Local businesses are usually owned by the people who live in the community, they are less likely to leave and want to invest into the community’s future.
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  • It’s better for the environment.  Less transportation = less waste
  • THE BEST customer service

I can go on all day but I think you get the idea.

So on November 30th get out to Main Street, get a cup of coffee, and take a look at all the unique gifts you can buy and create this holiday season.

HEY YARN SHOPS or other local businesses…please post below your shop name, address, hours on November 30th.  You can also let us know of any specials or sales you have going on.  We’d love to share them! Also, Yarn Shops-check your email for a special event!

 

Because I Love This….

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I saw this cowl on the neck of our designer Cia in the office a few months back and I just loved the look of it.  I made her take it off and let me try it! I can’t normally wear the bulkier cowls but I love making them as gifts.  This Angora Cowl is for someone like me.  It has a beautiful drape, warm without being bulky and the colors chosen just work so well together.  Did I mention it’s Angora? This would also be beautiful made with Angora Glitz.  So grab that holiday list and check off a name or two with this design!

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F507 Angora Cowl pdf

ANGORA
“Brighten Up Winter” Cowl
One Size Fits All -24” in diameter

Materials: Angora – 2 balls Color A #779 fuchsia;  2 balls Color B #3000 lime; and 1 ball Color C #3007 orange; 10g each ball
2 yards of Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Gauge:  18sts and 22 rows= 4” in st st on US size 8, or size to obtain gauge.
Needles: US size 8 needles, and tapestry needle.

Stitch Pattern:
Row 1(RS) Knit
Row 2: (WS) Purl
Row 3: (RS) Purl
Row 4: (WS) Knit

Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern
With Scrap yarn, cast on 45 sts.
Next Row, and Color A, start with Row 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work in *Color A for 3 Repeats of Stitch Pattern.  Change to Color B for 3 Repeats, the Color C for 1 Repeat;
rep until piece measures approx 24” ending with Color C on Row 4 for last repeat.  Leave sts on needle.
Unravel Scrap yarn and slip live stitches on second needle.  Graft together the cast-on stitches with the last stitches using the Kitchener Stitch.  (See directions below)

Kitchener Stitch:
Break yarn leaving a 2 yard tail. Hold 2 needles parallel in left hand with points facing out.
1St: Bring threaded needle thru front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
2nd: Bring threaded needle thru back st as if to knit and leave st on needle.
3rd: Bring threaded needle thru first front st as if to knit and sl this st off needle.  Bring threaded needle thru next front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
4th: Bring threaded needle thru first back st as if to purl, sl this st off, bring needle thru next back st as if to knit, leave this st on needle.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all sts are used.
Weave in all ends.

©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company.  011413cab

Marge Simpson working at Plymouth today!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Posted by Cia Abbott Bullemer

F021 GUSTO 10 HAT

Make this easy Marge Simpson wig.  Using the pattern attached, work until the hat is 16″ or so, randomly adding cables, then finish the crown as written.  Stuff with quilt batting and you got it!  I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega color # 133, 2 balls!  You will have Homey all a-gog!

 

Margesimpson and red queen 2013 halloween